I keep saying this and it is now even more true than in the past: it is well worth going to trade shows and conferences. For a very very good reason: IT IS NOT ALL ON THE INTERNET!!
Apart from conference presentation slides (which may end up on the www for delegates after the event) which are just an aide-memoir for the speaker the speakers comments and the Q&A add so much more. The difference between reading the slides and seeing the presentation is an order of magnitude.
Then there are the discussions with other delegates about the presentations where again you discover many things and have the "lightbulb turn on". Never mind the other discussions you can have.
Then of course you can peruse the trade show and usually get round a dozen (or more) vendors over lunch without telling them who you are. You can ask questions and compare replies in a way you can't on the web this could possibly be one of the more productive lunch breaks you can have.
The solution for your current (or next) project will be on display and you can have a demo… if you are there. You deleted, unread, the "spam" email from the vendor, or the magazine carrying the press release, last month so this can be your only chance of seeing it.
Trade shows and conferences are not a "day out.